Police: Store clerk arrested after faking armed robbery at Franklin gas station

Joel Glassburn faces several charges

FRANKLIN, Ind. - A store clerk was arrested Tuesday after police accused him of staging an armed robbery at the gas station where he worked.

Last Thursday, Franklin Police went to Admiral Petroleum in the 230 block of West Jefferson Street on reports of an armed robbery.

Police said the clerk, Joel Glassburn, 22, of Franklin, told them he was robbed by a white man with a gun who demanded money and cigarettes before running out of the store. 

Although the circumstances surrounding the incident were still under investigation, detectives arrested Glassburn and accused him of conspiring with another 20-year-old Franklin man to stage the robbery.

Glassburn faced felony theft and misdemeanor false reporting charges.

Police suspect Glassburn not only conspired to stage the robbery, but they also believe he stole cash deposits from the store before reporting the robbery.

A portion of the stolen money along with clothing worn during the staged robbery was recovered from the home of the 20-year-old suspected accomplice, police said.

Johnson County Prosecutors were requested to issue a warrant for the 20-year-old's arrest.

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